In One Eye

Wednesday, May 18, 2005
Our former unctuous governor (or, at any rate, his cohorts) are in the news this morning and it's pretty typical.
Disgraced by a forced resignation and pursued by federal prosecutors, John G. Rowland was nonetheless judged last summer to be the right man to promote a national foundation for $10,000 a month.

James S. Vinson, the president of the National Science Center Foundation of Augusta, Ga., told legislators Tuesday that Rowland's resignation under threat of impeachment did not diminish the value of Connecticut's former governor.

"We thought he could be an effective spokesman," Vinson said in sworn testimony before a committee of openly incredulous state legislators.

A copy of Rowland's consulting contract showed that one of his major goals was to help the foundation sell its math software to the education department in Florida, where Jeb Bush is governor. Rowland's friendship with the Bush family is well-known.

"I needed someone to get me in the door," Vinson said.
Even if that someone was a felon, evidently. Remind me not to contribute to the NSCF.

And while we're on the subject of Rowland's friendships, just what might he do when he's released from the joint? I've got to think that his Connecticut life is over. If he is so buddy-buddy with the Bushies, maybe he'll move to Florida—or Texas. He would seem to have no viable lobbying strength in the Constitution State, but maybe the lowlifes in the red states will take him to their collective bosoms.

Meanwhile, a surveillance tape of the odious William Tomasso's doings seems to have an interesting feature: gaps in its footage.
The tape was confiscated by the FBI Sept. 3 in a dramatic roadside confrontation with private detectives hired on Tomasso's behalf to shadow a key witness in the corruption case against him and two other individuals. Tomasso's lawyers want the tape tested to determine whether the gaps were the product of government tampering ...

Agents seized the tape, along with cameras, surveillance logs, notebooks and other materials, from Tomasso's private investigators as they were setting up a video stakeout of key government witness Lawrence E. Alibozek and his wife, Leah.
Man, this case is starting to have everything: hush money, underhanded dealings out of the executive branch's office, and now gaps in a tape. It's 1973 all over again.